Cooperative Patent Classification

CPC Definition - Subclass A43C

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FASTENINGS OR ATTACHMENTS OF FOOTWEAR; LACES IN GENERAL
Definition statement

This place covers:

Equipment of the shoe e.g. laces, eyelets, cleats, studs.

References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Equipment for ski boots

Equipment for skate

Shoe lacing fastenings (garment fastening devices A41F)
Definition statement

This place covers:

Every fastening system including at least one lace and concerning the lace, e.g. a special way of lacing, a specific position of the lace on the shoe, several laces used, etc.

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Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Hooks for laces; Guards for hooks

Eyelets

Holding devices for laces

Laces; Laces in general for garments made of textiles, leather, or plastics

Cable fastening

Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Combined fastening

Garment fastening device

Hooks for laces (making from sheet metal B21D 53/46); Guards for hooks
Definition statement

This place covers:

Hooks for lacing, along the upper, generally the lace joining together the hooks in the lateral part with the hooks situated on the medial part of the upper.

References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Making of Hooks from metal sheet

Eyelets (machines for setting eyelets A43D 100/00)
Definition statement

This place covers:

Holes in the upper generally to help the lace to bring together the lateral part with the medial part of the upper

References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Machine for setting eyelets

Holding-devices for laces
Definition statement

This place covers:

Systems to hold lace(s) in tighten position.

Laces; Laces in general for garments made of textiles, leather, or plastics
Definition statement

This place covers:

The lace itself.

Other fastenings specially adapted for shoes (dress fastenings in general A44B)
Definition statement

This place covers:

Any fastening that is not a lace. Still some of the documents can have a lace, in case they relate to footwear provided with more than one fastening system.

References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Fastenings withdevice mounted on the tongue (could still involve lace)

Ornaments and decorative devices with fastening function (could involve a lace)

Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Dress fastenings in general

{Combined fastenings, e.g. to accelerate undoing or fastening}
Definition statement

This place covers:

Combination of two different fastenings e.g. a lace for precision lacing of a boot, and a zipper, for quick release of the boot.

Special rules of classification

If one of the two fastenings is a lace, classification should be given in A43C 1/00 and sub-groups.

Ornamental buckles or other ornaments for shoes, with fastening function (buckles in general A44B 11/00)
References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Buckles in general

Wear-resisting attachments
Definition statement

This place covers:

Additional device(s) attached on the shoe to protect against wear.

Non-skid devices or attachments (apparatus for climbing poles, trees, or the like A63B 27/00)
Definition statement

This place covers:

Additional device(s) attached to a footwear to improve friction.

References
Informative references

Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Sport footwear

Football/soccer footwear

Soles made anti skid, either by impregnation, either by antiskid devices monolithic to the sole, or multilayer soles, with a part of it in contact with the ground, but excluding the cleats, and studs

Apparatus for climbing poles, trees, or the like

Snowshoes

Attachments for footwear, not provided for in other groups of this subclass
Definition statement

This place covers:

Any attachment to a footwear not covered by the other groups, e.g. a plate with the name of the user, a tool to clean a golf club with the foot, an electronic device, any attachment not integrated in the footwear.

References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Overshoes

Overshoes for sporting purpose